Author Archives: Margaret Jean Langstaff

About Margaret Jean Langstaff

A lifelong critical reader with literary tastes, a novelist, short story writer, essayist, book critic, and professional book editor for many years. A consultant to publishers and authors, providing manuscript critiques and a full range of editorial services. A friend and supporter of all other readers and writers. A collector of signed modern first editions. Animal lover and tree hugger. Follow me on Twitter @LangstaffEditor

Here’s Another Truthful Humdinger

The last words of John Keats’ “Ode to a Grecian Urn” that I clumsily alluded to but did not mention yesterday: When old age shall this generation waste,                 Thou shalt remain, in midst of other woe Than ours, a … Continue reading

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“The World Is Too Much With Us” — William Wordsworth

The last several months have been a challenge to our abilities to verbalize and speak clearly and coherently. Many resorted to ineffectual ranting and raving. Some simply gagged and swallowed their tongues. I myself fell silent before the onslaught of … Continue reading

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Einstein’s Desk and Mine: A Sort of Comparative Analysis

  Having been the butt of derision and mockery for too many years for my “messy” desk (and office), I believe I have at last  found an effective remedy for silencing my many sneering critics once and for all. This … Continue reading

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Shameless Self-Promotion (wink)

  Get out the kleenex!

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“Hunting the Deceitful Turkey” – Mark Twain

Originally posted on Margaret Langstaff:
HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!! This is from a 1906 issue of Harpers magagine.  Twain’s dry wit and lame brained (fake) susceptibility to always be out witted by any animal that ever tread the earth (so sweet, amusing)…

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America Burning

  Okay, seriously. In the last several months, my life has been strangely on hold in a sort of suspended animation as I became progressively more obsessed with the news, especially national political news. My eyes have become stuck like … Continue reading

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A Bit of Advice

A friend of mine sent this to me recently.  I can’t imagine why.

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